I grew up in Plymouth and Tavistock, have travelled widely and also lived in the U.S.A. and Central America. I have worked professionally as a counsellor since 2005; including over 10 years at Twelves Company (now First Light) working as a counsellor with victims of crime, and experiencing PTSD and other symptoms of trauma.
I am a clinical supervisor, and counselling tutor. I have designed and delivered courses to equip counsellors working with trauma, pre-trial therapy, sexual harm, and understanding the Criminal Justice System. I am fortunate to enjoy training in a broad and extensive variety of complex mental health issues, which I bring to my approach to provide the best service for the client.
I am also currently working with young adults in education, experiencing: low mood, poor motivation, financial stress, anxiety, perfectionism, or a loud internal critic. Understanding the root of these challenging factors, developing resilience, recognising what they are already doing well, can encourage the client to start enjoying their learning, and be more positive about the future.
I believe that within us lie most of the solutions to the challenges we experience, though we often feel overwhelmed with the complications life brings. Counselling offers a safe space, free of judgement, where we can begin to unpick our troubles, and move forward in life with a greater sense of control and responsibility. To work as a counsellor is a great privilege, and to be present with someone who has been able to resolve their issues and continue with their life more positively and happier, is incredibly rewarding.
I am a Registered member of the BACP, keep my skills and knowledge, fresh and current; have an up to date DBS and am fully insured.